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My husband's aunt was a missionary in Zaire in the 1950's. She brought back to him an ivory tusk about 30-36 inches long, carved with a procession of elephants and a crocodile at the wide end. Unfortunately, we had a house fire 30 years ago, so it is scorched on one side. The side away from the flames looks pretty good. Does anyone know the possible value of this tusk, how to clean it, or how the laws concerning ivory concern an item from 50 years ago? Can you sell it or only keep it legally? How would you prove its age and legitimacy other than proving his aunt was there and when our fire was--only circumstantial. We also have a bow decorated with monkey tail from that same time, plus some smaller pieces of ivory. Any advice or info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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